Do I need to work for a Rail Company to enter RailSport?
No, but some link to the rail industry is required.
Acceptable entries include:
If people are not wanting to take part in the sports, can they still attend as supporters?
Yes. Spectator passes can be booked online free of charge.
Are there showers available for the competitors?
Yes. Changing facilities and showers are available around the venue.
Is it possible to take part in more than one event?
Yes. Just let us know and we'll do our best to change your schedule.
Can I Transfer My Entry?
It is essential that we have the correct details of all the participants before we start printing the event information. Therefore, you can transfer your entry to a friend online using by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org; this will incur a small admin fee of £3.99 and can be carried out up to 4 days prior to the event.
Cycling: Do I Need British Cycling Membership to Enter the Sportive?
No, you do not need to have British Cycling Membership or a racing licence to enter this event.
Cycling: I have Entered the Wrong Distance or I Wish to Change Distance?
We fully understand that you may wish to change to a different route. There is no specific time at which you need to tell us this information. Please email email@example.com or tell us at signing on, or even after you have finished the ride. You can also use the automated system on the results website if you forget on the day.
Cycling: When will the Final Arrangements for the event be Published?
Final arrangements for the event will be published online and also sent to all competitors by email, at least two weeks before the event.
Cycling: Will I Receive Anything in the Post?
Prior to the event we will send all the required information out by email; we do not currently send any information out in the post. On the day of the event, please visit the HQ. You will need to sign-on (for insurance purposes) and we will provide you with a rider pack which will be pre-prepared for you which will contain a timing chip, number, High5 gels, OS Route Map and an Information Letter.
Cycling: Can I Use a Mountain Bike?
You can use any bike at this sportive. All we ask is that you take into consideration that you need to be back at the HQ by 5.00 pm – so choose a route accordingly! We do not want to put anyone off, so if you think you are a rider who will ride at a slower pace we suggest that you sign on at 08:30 and set off as soon as possible. This will allow you time to get round any of the routes. If you want to switch to another route on the day, this is not a problem.
Cycling: What is a Sportive?
Cyclo Sportives (spelt in several variants e.g. cyclo sportifs) are long distance, organised, mass participation cycling ‘events’ – not races – typically held annually. Sportives challenge participants to complete a set course, usually between 100 and 200km, within a time constraint. Organisers typically offer two distance choices and will provide support with supervising marshals and food and/or water stations which will be heartily welcomed by entrants. Sportives are the cycling cousin of running’s marathon. As with the 26 mile event, rather than racing other participants, sportives see cyclists challenge themselves in a personal battle against the distance and then ultimately, the clock. The already lengthy course will traditionally include climbs and difficult riding conditions, adding to the kudos of the event (e.g. the cobblestones of the Paris-Roubaix).